Happy Hour - Monday & Tuesday


June 20 & 21, 2016 | 16:15 pm (M), 17:00 (T)


At the end of our technical program each day, please plan to join us for some happy hour refreshments in our exhibit and poster area in the Commonwealth A Room at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. This is a great chance to catch up with friends, debrief from the day and enjoy a beverage as you visit with our sponsors and exhibitors. Timing will vary based on the end time for the sessions, but you can count on the bar being open on time each day.

Gala Dinner – Nova Scotia Ceilidh


Monday, June 20, 2016 | 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road (volunteers will direct participants from the lobby)
Suggested dress: casual (jeans encouraged), don’t forget your dancing shoes!


Traditionally, many social calls in Nova Scotia culminate with guests gathering in the kitchen of the host’s home for an experience of music, traditional maritime food and good company — so get ready for some down-home Maritime hospitality at our Nova Scotia Ceilidh! The gala dinner will feature a succulent lobster dinner with local entertainment that will be sure to keep your toes tapping and hands clapping all night. (For those hesitant to try the lobster, a BBQ chicken and vegetarian option will be offered as an alternative.)

During our pre-dinner reception you are welcome to tour the gallery of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. For many Canadians who came seeking adventure, employment and greater opportunities for their children, Pier 21 was their entry point to a new country.

Technical Tours


Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 8:15 am – 12:30 pm | $25 per person, plus tax
Tours will leave from and return to the Westin Nova Scotian hotel
Suggested dress: casual attire. Please note, hard hats, safety vests and glasses will provided to participants on the technical tours.


The technical tours for the conference will feature behind the scenes visits to Cherubini Metal Works and to the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge where the “Big Lift” project is underway. Cherubini Metal Works is responsible for fabricating the giant 150 tonne road deck panels that American Bridge Canada, the project’s prime contractor, is using to replace the existing infrastructure. Once the project is complete, the only original components of the bridge will be the two towers, the main cables, the cable bents and the anchorages. This will mark only the second time ever that the spans of a suspension bridge will be replaced overnight with traffic operating during the day.

Your visit to the Macdonald Bridge will take you out on the span of bridge and where you will see how a deck segment is replaced.

Golf Excursion


Sunday, June 19, 2016 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | $150 per person, plus tax
Leaves from and returns to the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel
Suggested dress: golf attire, including light layers in case of early summer breezes.


One of Halifax’s premier golf courses, Glen Arbour
was designed by the well known Canadian golfer and course architect Graham Cooke. At 6800 yards in length, Glen Arbour Golf Course is not long by today’s standard but the combination of natural hazards, elevation changes and tricky bentgrass greens challenge players of all skill levels. Glen Arbour Golf Course has played host to many celebrity events with highlights being the inaugural Wayne Gretzky and Friend’s Invitational, the BMO Canadian Ladies Open in 2005 and TELUS World Skins game in 2012.

Please plan to join us for a spirited round of golf. Your fee includes transfers from the Westin to the club and back, coffee and light breakfast to start, lunch on the course, power cart and a great chance to join ICSBOC2016 attendees for a challenging and fun round of 18 holes.

Halifax Harbour Cruise


Sunday, June 19, 2016 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm |$25 per person, plus tax
Harbour Queen Riverboat, departing from just behind the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel (volunteers will direct participants from the lobby)
Suggested dress: smart casual, comfortable shoes, light jacket, or layers.


Our exclusive tour of the Halifax Harbour will take you under Halifax’s two cable supported bridges: the Angus L. Macdonald and the A. Murray MacKay Bridges. You will not only get a glimpse of our Big Lift re-decking project, but also see our busy waterfront, Naval Defense Base, the Irving Shipyard and others sites along both the Halifax and Dartmouth sides of the Harbour. The cruise, features a cash bar, and large indoor and outdoor seating capacity. We really hope everyone will come along for this conference kick-off event. If you did not get your ticket in advance, you may still be able to get them at our registration desk.

Welcome Reception


Sunday, June 19, 2016 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Atlantic Ballroom, Westin Nova Scotian Hotel
Suggested dress: Smart casual


Please join us for the ICSBOC2016 welcome reception immediately following the harbour tour. This will be a great chance to catch-up with old friends and make some new ones as we begin our conference program. Music provided by the Mike Cowie Jazz Ensemble, specializing in swing and classic jazz standards sure to be recognized.